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COURTS   OF   PARIS,    NAPLES,   ETC.               249

of my indifference ; and now that he has such
proofs of my activity and attention to his interests,
he apologises, and regrets having done so; but
what good does his palinodie do me now, after he
has been impressing Lord Grenville, &c., with
hostile ideas against me ? All he can say would
not make them change now, or recant and acknow-
ledge an error. How one thoughtless word will
thus unintentionally destroy the welfare of another!

Probably other circumstances and calumnies
have had their weight at home, and I daresay,
some day, I shall be astonished at the baseness
of those whom I do not think now of suspecting.

Meanwhile, everything relative to the exchange
of prisoners is going to the dogs. Animosity and
pique are revived, and hostilities in that line are
as warm as in the worst times. Our officers are
deprived of their parole, and confined. Probably
the French are treated in the same manner.

Pour dissifier nos ennuis, we went yesterday
four leagues and more to Nemours, examined the
works of the intended bridge, climbed up a high
rock to view the country, ate our loaf of bread,
and returned home to our dinner without stopping,
untired and comfortable. I think, when I get to
England, I must offer myself for a twopenny post
or exciseman.